Choosing tile for any type of installation can be a long and exhausting process. You have to choose the style, the quantity, the shapes and the design, but what too many people often forget is that not all tile is created equal. Different tile materials are made for different applications and accomplish different goals.

Vinyl tile is the probably the most common type of tile and is also the lowest priced form of tile with the quality to match. You’ll want a tile that is stiffer if you’re wanting it to last longer and to provide support and sturdiness.

Ceramic tile is made of clay and various other minerals and is a fantastic choice for any area that is exposed to moisture. It goes well in bathrooms, kitchens, patios and entryways.

Natural stone tile, such as granite, marble and slate are incredibly hard and durable. They’re also more expensive than other tiles and require treatment for use.

Porcelain tile is a common choice because it is very dense, hard and incredibly resistant to moisture and wear. If purchasing porcelain tile, make sure the ones you select are rated by the Porcelain Enamel Institute, as the ratings help you know what application that particular tile is meant to be used for. One and two tiles are for walls, while three to five rating tiles are for the floor.

Once you know what type you need, simply find the right look and you’ll be good to go!

If you’d like more information regarding tile or to set up a consultation, contact our offices in San Jose, CA and ask about our custom tile options. We’ll look forward to hearing from you.